Medicinal Marijuana“Not only do I think marijuana should be legalized, I think it should be mandatory.”

– Late Comedian, Bill Hicks

All jokes aside, “drugs”, may they be over the counter or straight from the earth, aren’t for everyone – but dang it if marijuana isn’t worth fighting for nationwide legalization. True Activist so coherently states, “There is no plant on Earth more condemned than marijuana. We’re talking about a living organism which governments have taken upon themselves to designate as an illegal substance. Despite no existing evidence of anyone ever dying of a marijuana overdose, possession of this plant is still illegal in many parts. Marijuana has been found to suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, treat glaucoma, alleviate pain and even inhibit HIV. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. Can you understand more now why it’s illegal?”

Yes, because untainted, ethically grown weed is being recognized as a wonder drug: A substance that can be used recreationally that also serves as medicine for the ailing. Like the overwhelming majority of chemical remedies, pot is thought to have some side effects. These include: Short term memory loss (more severe for the heavy smoker), risk of dependence and risk of chronic cough and respiratory infections – which is a non-issue if you dig smokeless ganja. In regions where medicinal marijuana can be purchased at a local dispensary, pot is available in an array of forms. One can scoop up some weed butter, edibles (brownies, muffins, pizza, etc), teas and tinctures too. Licensed cannabis growers produce the plant in various strains, and even blends, each producing an effect that can be both pleasing and healing. The following list is just a few diseases/disorders Medical Maryjane is proven effective in treating:

Tourette’s Syndrome

Cancer

Seizures

Migraines

Glaucoma

Nausea

Multiple Sclerosis

Anxiety

Depression

Chronic Pain

Premenstrual Syndrome (what?!?)

The True Activist drops detailed science around the controversial issue, which is ironic, given that cannabis has been used medicinally for millennia. According the the Mayo Clinic, the mighty green was listed by the U.S. Pharmacopeia, the organization that sets quality standards for approved drugs in the United States, until the 1940’s, that is until “Reefer Madness” entered the scene as a larger government effort to rid the nation of the “evil weed.”

Alas, here we are in 2014 with small, but growing number states embracing cannabis as a legal substance. It’s an uphill battle of course, with folks still waving their anti-pot banners & espousing questionable arguments for it’s suppression, but science is taking the wind out of those sails. Are we moving towards an Amsterdam-like philosophy on reefer here in the U.S.? Ask Men’s discussion of marijuana’s benefits hips us to be on guard in case we do:

“If marijuana becomes fully legalized in plant form and open to commercialization — a stance largely supported by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) — one notoriously vile group of manufacturers is uniquely poised better than any other to take control of the emerging market: Big Tobacco. Having fully established its disinterest in the public health generations ago by the shady promotion of smoking, the idea of Big Tobacco becoming the nation’s pot supplier should frighten anyone favoring legalization and regulation.”

It may be putting the cart ahead of the horse, but it’s plausible nonetheless. Regardless, the fight continues – and the cannabis keeps on growing.

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